Town Upholds $30 Ticket Issued to Uber Driver

The Parking Commission at its most recent meeting upheld a $30 ticket issued to a woman for obstructing the travel lane on East Avenue on a Tuesday afternoon last month. Jacqui Locher said in a written appeal that she’d stopped outside Greenology around midday on April 19 while her Uber partner entered the store to collect an order. “I was there for less than 2 minutes before I was approached by an extremely rude woman with a horrible attitude pointing her phone camera at me,” Locher said in her written appeal. “I rolled down my window and told her I was only stopped here for a minute, we had an order already called in that we were just picking up.”

Yet before the order had been collected, the parking enforcement officer wrote the ticket, Lochi said. During the Commission’s May 5 meeting, Parking Director Stacy Miltenberg said that the officer had asked Locher to move “and she did not move.”

“She was saying that she was waiting for somebody and she was asked a couple of times to move,” Miltenberg said.

Group Calls for Creation of Formal Committee on EV Charging Stations

A citizen-led group is asking New Canaan’s highest-elected official to appoint a formal committee to plan for creation of electric vehicle charging stations in town. The group, which includes Leo Karl III, Chris Hering and members of the Department of Public Works, has met informally to talk about EV charging stations, according to Laura Budd, chair of the Parking Commission. Karl “is working something up send to the first selectman that we’d like to get an official committee working, because it’s so complicated.”

“There are so many options with the EV chargers,” Budd said during the Commission’s May 5 meeting, held via videoconference. “There is one going up at the Town Hall Annex, the former Outback [Teen Center], which is great and then they are hoping from some rebates they get from that to put the second one in Morse Court. So we are trying to get ahead of it but it’s so complicated.

‘You Can Speak with One of the Managers’: Parking Ticket Appeals

The New Canaan Parking Commission received the following written appeals from ticketed motorists. ***

“Hello, I was stopped outside of Greenology in New Canaan while my partner ran in to grab an Uber order. I was there for less than 2 minutes before I was approached by an extremely rude woman with a horrible attitude pointing her phone camera at me. I rolled down my window and told her I was only stopped here for a minute, we had an order already called in that we were just picking up. She told me that I needed to move my car so I told her I would, at the same time my partner came out and got in the car.

Town Upholds $30 Parking Ticket Issued to Man Who Ignored Enforcement Officer Four Times

Town officials this month upheld a $30 ticket issued to a man parked illegally on Elm Street. 

According to the enforcement officer who issued the ticket at 12:52 p.m. on March 4 (a Friday), the man had been asked four times to move his car to a legal parking space. “I stepped out of my vehicle and asked a fourth time (window was down),” the officer wrote in their report. “He ignored me again so a citation was issued.”

Members of the Parking Commission cited the officer’s report prior to voting 4-0 during their regular meeting April 7 to uphold the ticket. Those voting included Chair Laura Budd and members Nancy Bemis, Drew Magratten and Marley Thackray. Secretary Jennifer Donovan was absent.

Town Upholds $150 Ticket Issued to Driver Who Illegally Used Disabled Space in Private Lot

Parking officials last week upheld a $150 ticket issued to a delivery driver using a disabled space in a private lot on Pine Street. The Parking Commission during its regular meeting April 7 voted 4-0 to uphold the ticket, given to a driver in the heavily used Pine Street Concessions lot. Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg said at the meeting that disabled spaces fall under state statutes, including those in private lots “so we are allowed to go in there and ticket anybody who dos not have a handicapped permit and is parked in a handicapped space in a private lot.”

“And in addition, that particular area we get several complaints that people just utilize that spot as a regular spot and do not leave it open for people who need it, so it’s monitored on a regular basis,” Miltenberg said at the meeting, held via videoconference. 

Chair Laura Budd and Commissioners Nancy Bemis, Drew Magratten and Marley Thackray voted to uphold the ticket. The driver himself did not appear at the hearing. He said in a written appeal that he’d only been in the space for five minutes, the Commission said.